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What Would Diane Do?

Thomas W. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Thomas W. Carroll

Diane Ravitch is an inspired writer and a professional skeptic. These admirable traits are in short supply these days but in full display in her new book The Death and Life of the Great American School System.

Carl Dorvil: A Great American Story (For Now)

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

A Republican president thought it was a good idea to provide free tutoring to 500,000 struggling low-income students. It would be a shame if a Democratic congress took all that away.

Cheating 101 (Part I)

Cari Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Cari Shane

Kids cheating on tests, papers and projects to increase their grades is nothing new; however, what is new is society's reaction to such behavior.

Constructing the Achievement Gap

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Ayers

At Berkeley High, the achievement gap persists because privileged parents thwart efforts to develop equity between students, and use their social capital to get their way, even if it's against the interest of their kids.

Proposed Education Bargain: Half Right, Big Risks

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

Message refined, Secretary Duncan is doing the morning show circuit socializing a proposal for the reauthorization of federal education policy. He's...

Obama to Overhaul NCLB

Eric Tipler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Tipler

According to the New York Times, President Obama is planning to overhaul No Child Left Behind. While there aren't specifics yet, the ideas floated sound like improvements of a failed policy.

Sundance's First Major Deal Is ... An Education Movie?

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Brown

Expect to see real American classrooms on the silver screen this fall. This could be a beautiful thing.

Educational Dilemma: Rigor v Relevance

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

We argue about testing in the US, but the focus on and stakes related to testing is much higher in China and India where the tip of the human funnel i...

The Teacher is the Key

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Esther Wojcicki

It sounds like an old adage, but we desperately need to support teachers in the classroom and modify the NCLB Act, which is now up for renewal. Supporting teachers is key to our success as a nation.

Fix or Replace Federal Education Policy?

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

K-12 education is a bigger part of the American economy than defense and while federal spending is a small proportion, federal legislation increasingly frames how it operates.

Go Slow to Go Fast (Why ESEA Should Wait)

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

There's an old saying in business that sometimes you have to go slow to go fast; in other words, you have to build the infrastructure of support in order to create profound change.

Do the Right Thing: NCLB and High Standards

Eric Tipler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Tipler

No Child Left Behind is fading from policy discussions, but it continues to shape daily life in schools in a very negative way. Capitol Hill should not forget about the law. Teachers certainly haven't.

Needed: People Who Quit

Susan Ohanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Ohanian

In October, 2009, former Marine officer Matthew Hoh resigned his senior Foreign Service post in Afghanistan because he feels the war is pointless and ...

Grading the Big Tests: A Study in Madness... and a Really Good New Book

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Brown

In the No Child Left Behind era, every pillar of our education system rests on the presupposition that standardized tests are accurate indicators. Todd Farley helps to bring into starker focus that this is a flawed ideology.

Mass Teacher Layoffs in D.C. Amount To One Hell of a Power Play by Michelle Rhee

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

Rhee's mislaid battle of gutting the union and purging veteran teachers will leave an experience and institutional knowledge vacuum that no quantity of super-caffeinated 22-year-old Yalies can remake.

Fixing No Child Left Behind: What Our Schools Really Need

Susan Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Kane

As millions of kids headed back to school this month, many parents, teachers, and administrators had a lot to think about. Things like, will there actually be enough seats in the ballooning classes?

What Will Duncan Do?

Eric Tipler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eric Tipler

Arne Duncan's plan comes down to getting more and better data about student performance, and tying it back to individual teachers and schools. As someone who taught under No Child Left Behind, this is scary.

A Sneak Peek at Obama's Speech to Schoolchildren

Gary Stager | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Stager

The good thing about the endless assault of standardized language arts and arithmetic tests you endure is that you won't learn anything about history, civics or politics.

So We Can't Have Single Payer for Health Care, But How About Single Payer for Education?

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

To produce education reform that is reform in more than name only, we need to look past our own political backyards at what might lie on the other side of the mountain. What I see on that other side is a single-payer education system. It's simple, sensible and, above all, just.  READ MORE

Has Obama's Handling of the Bank Bailout Undermined Health Care Reform?   One of the consequences of the one-sided bailout of Wall Street is the way it has undermined public trust in government.  Much of the health care anger is a proxy for bailout anger.  If we don't learn from the botched bailout, we are in danger of getting the same reform-in-name-only outcome on health care. READ MORE

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Even Congress Gets Recess, So Why Are Schools Taking It Away From Kids?

Darell Hammond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darell Hammond

Recess -- the one section of the school day that's reserved for child-directed, child-motivated unstructured play -- is slowly disappearing from our public schools.

Schools That Foster Innovation

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

What if students innovate themselves out of school, would we count that as success? The opportunities for independent study are growing exponentially -- two million students will be learning online this fall.

Brooks Suggests Education Course of Action

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

I'm trying to figure out whether the stimulus bill and a hard charging Secretary of Education will produce any real progress.

Overhyping Teach For America, Undercutting Millions of Students

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

I'm concerned that Teach for America is being propped up by many as a cure-all for America's education woes, when it is nothing of the kind.

Transform Education? Yes, We Must

Sir Ken Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sir Ken Robinson

Economically and culturally, the future of America and of the rest of world lies now in a different direction. It will depend on the vitality, diversity and creativity of all its people.

David Brooks Made Me Wring My Hands: Obama and His Education Secretary Pick

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Brown

In his most recent op-ed, David Brooks offers Americans a false choice between two distinct camps of education interests. Here's hoping our new president will sweep aside that brand of discourse.